Magazine Article

Thrust-Control System for Emergency Control of an Airplane

TBMG-7242

03/01/2001

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Extensive redundancy is designed into aircraft flight-control systems to ensure a low probability of failure. During recent years, however, major failures of flight-control systems have occurred in several airplanes, leaving engine thrust as the flight-control mode of last resort. In some of these emergency situations, engine thrust was successfully modulated by the pilots to maintain flightpath or pitch angle, but in other situations, lateral control was also needed. In the majority of such cases, crashes resulted, and over 1,200 people died because of control-system failures.

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"Thrust-Control System for Emergency Control of an Airplane," Mobility Engineering, March 1, 2001.
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Mar 1, 2001
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TBMG-7242
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English